Not so long ago, Christopher Lloyd could write that hellebores were the infallible sign of a highbrow gardener. Spotting this flowering in my new garden made me realise how common they've become, available at any garden centre.
As soon as I noticed the flower I hastily dropped the shopping (priorities!), retrieved the trusty Felcos and cut off all the leaves. Then I thought I'd clear the dead fern fronds from around the other plants so they'd show up better.
And that's how I came to spend two hours today clearing the bank of rusty mounds. It looks rather bare at the moment
but it gives all the bulbs coming through some space. And being outdoors got me down with the snowdrops.